Workbench for $175 #2: Forget treble. Give me some BASE !

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Blog entry by NBeener posted 12-21-2010 05:59 PM 7563 reads 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The top is done Part 2 of Workbench for $175 series Part 3: It lives !! »

I think I underestimated the number of hours this workbench would take me, even though the article pegged it at about 30.

So … I’ve been overdoing it a bit on shop time.

Sue me ;-)

Anyway, the workbench base—also made entirely out of 2×8 boards of Home Depot Douglas Fir—is complete.

The legs are glue-ups. The end assemblies are glued. The end assemblies are bolted to the frame rails.

It’s square. It’s solid. It’s stable.

Left to do:

- cut some oval-ish holes in the cleats, to attach the bench top
- trim the ends of the bench top
- drill the dog holes in the bench top
- chamfer edges on the bench top (used my mini HF hand plane to chamfer the edges of the legs !)
- sand everything to about 180 grit
- attach the top
- maybe finish. Maybe not ;-)

Thanks for stopping by :-)

-- -- Neil

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#1 posted 12-21-2010 06:13 PM

this looks more like a bed to me neil
were you laying down when you did this top
and why is there so many spaces in it

this will sure help you in the shop
looking good

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 12-21-2010 06:19 PM

Neil the workbench base looks good.

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#3 posted 12-21-2010 06:20 PM

I´m not sure what it look like yet , still have trouble with the translation…LOL
what ever .
looking forward to see the dust fly from it

take care

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#4 posted 12-21-2010 06:27 PM

Yea! Looks fine.

Have you figgered out where to put your dog holes yet? It just got me thinking about mine. I used Douglas Fir (3.5 inch thick) that I guess was not completely dry inside when I router cut my holes. And they shrunk. Re-drilling 3/4 inch holes is no fun. I would recommend a router with a 3/4 inch spiral bit (you know you wanted to buy one) and a jig so that you can come back 6 months later after they shrunk and re-route them exactly where they are.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 12-21-2010 06:28 PM

Nice looking base! I know what you mean about time…
I remember making my workbench… watched a 30 minute video on how to do it… I must have been niave to think I could do it in 30 minutes like those guys… took 2 days! But… I had fun!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#6 posted 12-21-2010 06:46 PM

Coming along nicely Neil. I think you’re going to have a very nice bench when finished. Why so many cross braces though? Added weight?

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#7 posted 12-21-2010 06:59 PM

Nice looking bench Neil and along the same lines as what I need. Planing doesn’t work well with my little portables. I like it, something so sturdy you could park a tank on the lower shelves just for a little extra weight. Keep the posts coming :)


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#8 posted 12-21-2010 07:06 PM

Dennis: let’s see if Google Translate can help, here !

Jeg tror, jeg undervurderede antallet af timer denne arbejdsbord ville tage mig, selvom artiklen knyttet den til omkring 30.

Så … jeg har været overdrive det en smule på butik tiden.

Sagsøge mig;-)

Anyway, arbejdsbordet base-også lavet helt ud af 2 × 8 bestyrelser Home Depot Douglas Fir-er komplet.

Benene er lim-ups. Udgangen forsamlinger er limet. Udgangen forsamlinger er boltet til rammen skinnerne.

Det er firkantet. Det er solide. Det er stabil.

Tilbage at gøre:

- skære nogle ovale-ish huller i klamper, til at fastgøre bænken toppen
- trim enderne af bænken top
- bore hunden huller i bænken top
- affase kanter på bænken toppen (brugte min mini HF hånd fly til affasning af kanter i benene!)
- sand alt til ca 180 grus
- fastgøre toppen
- måske finish. Måske ikke;-)

Tak for standsning af :-)

David: that wasn’t lost on Diana and me, either. She remarked that it would be a good model for the bed I’m eventually going to build. I told her I might just give this one to our neighbors, for their one month old baby, since … I thought it looked like a pretty darned good crib !

Steve: the plan calls for dog holes to be spaced at 4” OC. I was thinking spiral cut bit, and would have to buy one. As for a template … I figured the spacing was easy enough to simply use layout lines, but … since I do have some leftover scrap plexiglass … I guess I could make a template from IT, the way one might make/use a shelf-pin drilling jig. How much did your holes shrink, if you had to guess ?? Good thought !

Eric: In theory, the slats and the ledgers that they sit on add little to nothing, in terms of bracing. What they DO do is to make use of otherwise dead space, and—as you’ve well learned—give me either storage OR a place to add weight, if it seems necessary to stabilize the bench, later.

Ellen: LOL ! And isn’t that just what the Norm Abrams Effect looked like: he could build anything in 30 minutes (22, when you take out commercials), leading many of us to believe that we could, too ! It’s amazing how much time is spent swapping blades on the saws, bits on the drill, moving the DC hose from machine to machine, etc., etc., etc.

I neglected to list “install the bench vise,” incidentally, so … that’s out there, too.

I also ‘evaluated’ the design to be sure that I could readily add cabinets and/or drawers, later, if desired. Seems like either would be simple.

Thanks, Charles! Which way did you decide to go on YOUR future bench ?

-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 12-21-2010 07:07 PM

Thanks, David (Craig) !

I’m pretty sure the plan for this was a freebie, online, meaning … if you wanted it … even if only for ideas and inspiration … let me know, and I’ll send it to you.

-- -- Neil

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#10 posted 12-21-2010 07:21 PM

LOL Neil it wasn´t that I wuold translate
it was a wordI tryed to come up with LOL

but I must say Google is going to be better and better every time I see som translation from you Neil :-) but I´m glad I´m not the only one that estimate the time completely wrong …LOL

take care

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#11 posted 12-21-2010 11:38 PM

It looks sturdy. Lots of work, lots of pride.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#12 posted 12-21-2010 11:43 PM

Neil, I think I am going to do a outfeed table/workbench. Its going to be a cabinet with lots of storage.

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#13 posted 12-22-2010 12:34 AM

You blog title is painful. haha

The bench is looking good though.

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#14 posted 12-22-2010 01:56 AM

Niel, it’s a fine bed

for the workbench…
Always remember it’s the process, not the result that are the most important, in this way you will be in the moment, and enjoy every step, so let the hours run with joy, and think about the hours of joy you will get there in the future.
Super blog.
Best thoughts and marry christmas,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#15 posted 12-22-2010 05:54 AM

ah this is great neil…so glad you will have a top notch bench to work on now…the bike bench can be retired and use for just bikes…and this one for wood…man you really got that top nice and flat…boy your good…:)).........i wish i had such a steady hand when it came to sanding…lol… lets see some walnut on that thar bench…you have used the exotic wood from colorodo…now lets see some new stuff…lol..grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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